Quads for Quads - Quad Run Big Fun... Again

The 4th Annual QASA Quads 4 Quads run between Johannesburg and Durban was another successful opportunity to raise funds and distribute aid to disabled people.

The Quads 4 Quads Run is organised annually by Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews of Family Adventures. In the past the Q4Q event helped raise funds for QASA, and this year was no different, with R1 Million being raised on the first day alone. This year the event started at Thunder Valley, an oval racetrack complex in Brakpan, Gauteng. (Picture: QASA members welcome the riders.)

The event also gives participants, including several paraplegics and quadriplegics, the opportunity to experience the thrills of riding a quad cycle or dirt bike from Johannesburg to Durban and back. The tough 1000km route challenges every rider with clouds of choking dust, hazardous river crossings, treacherous mountain passes, forests, railways level crossings and tunnels. (Picture:Tired dusty quad riders arrive at Thunder Valley.)

A total distance of over 1000km was covered, from Joburg through Standerton and Newcastle, to Ballito and back the same way again. More than 300 riders, from all over South Africa, took part. Children as young as10 took part in the big ride. Along the way, wheelchairs, crutches, pressure cushions and soccer balls were distributed to people and kids.





The crowd at Thunder Valley

QASA Chairmain Jakkie Pieters

Many bikers also took part

QASA National Director Ari Seirlis took part in the grueling event again this year, doing the “down” leg from Johannesburg to Durban, while Jakkie Pieters, QASA Chairperson, completed the “up” run. Radio 2000 presenter Doug Anderson, a polio survivor, did both runs completely unassisted in an admirable display of courage and determination.

Andrew Lawrence, a paraplegic working for South African Breweries, also took part in the event, and at the finish announced that SAB had pledged to donate a bus to QASA. In total, R1.1 Million was raised for QASA projects. (Picture: Jade (12) won the spirit trophy.)

A young quad rider named Jade (12) managed to raise R8000 for QASA by selling hundreds of ‘Helping Hand’ pendants at her school, and she still completed both legs of the run. When she handed Ari Seirlis the cheque, he presented her with the Q4Q Spirit Trophy (Individuals).





Jakkie Pieters looking relaxed

Ari with the R1.1 million cheque

Corieen Andrews and Glen Foley


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